I’d like to keep this a family friendly blog, but what else should I call it? Feces? Excrement? Waste? Poo? They all sound too distant, clinical or childish. It’s so easy to refer to it in euphemisms when clean water washes it far away, into rivers, oceans, or sewage treatment plants. But when you have to figure out how to deal with it yourself, it turns to shit….
The Gettysburg Review, Spring 2009 Flu has laid me low for the last few days. But getting the Spring 2009 edition of The Gettysburg Review cheered me. It includes “Natural Births” — a chapter from the book I’m working to finish. This is my first piece of literary nonfiction in print (I’ve had a […]
For many years, I followed Laurel’s Kitchen to make bread. I loved most of her recipes and her ethic of wholesome, healthy food. But her methods for bread stumped me. I kneaded and kneaded and kneaded some more and still ended up with bread that never rose well, tasted like cardboard – that is […]